Medium Discourse

  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 05 January 2019.

    What exactly is Node.js?: A webshit shits webshit at length to try to explain the worst software to ever disgrace the internet.

    Keep it Simple with the Strategy Design Pattern: A webshit shits webshit about objectionably-oriented programming. This webshit explains how to produce modular components badly. I will leave it up to the reader to determine whether the modular components are produced badly or the explanation itself is shit.

    Holding a Grudge Can Be Good for You: A self-help booklet claims that holding a grudge can be a good thing, not realising that they’re talking about memories and not actual grudges.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    The Lifespan of a Lie: A writer and doctor explores the Stanford prison experiment, and how it had the effect of normalizing and excusing shitty behaviour. “It’s just human nature to be sadistic sacks of shit to people in captivity,” my fucking ass.

    Why Reply-All Emails Are Always the Wrong Move: A professional shitposter takes aim at the worst UX decision ever made: defaulting to ‘reply all’ on emails with multiple recipients.

    The Return of Handwriting: A journalist takes a look at a recent rebirth of fancy-ass unreadable garbage writing techniques. Please let cursive die, people. Please. Its only real purpose is teaching people how to develop a signature, and that doesn’t require encouraging people to write shittily in the name of ‘style’.

    How Sexual Assault Survivors Are Redefining Pleasurable Sex: A journalist and sexual assault survivor looks at how survivors take charge once more and reclaim an activity that was tarnished by shitheads.


  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 29 December 2018.

    🎵 It’s the end of the year as we know it, and I feel fine… 🎵

    Happy New Year, folks. Drive safely, take an Uber or Lyft if you drink too much, and remember that companies like AAA offer free towing on New Year’s Eve.

    The most important lessons I’ve learned after a year of working with React: A webshit claims to have learned some lessons while working with a webshit that helps make websites party like it’s 1999. There’s nothing useful here.

    Concepts to become an advanced React developer: A webshit shits webshit, starting with a blatant lie. I’m sure this is useful for webshits, but please just write native applications instead. Users will thank you for not having to deal with webshit that takes a minute to load.

    Military Fanboys Are Obsessively Reenacting America’s Next Civil War: A writer investigates a bunch of fuckwits who sincerely believe they will be able to stand up to the US Army for longer than it would take to drop a few cluster bombs.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    Top 12 Things That Destroy Developer Productivity: A developer posts a listicle the assholes who made it necessary will never read.

    Inflamed Bodies, Depressed Minds: A psychiatrist takes a look at one of the lesser-known causes of depression.

    We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.: A developer talks about the consequences of removing organizational necrosis from the company.


  • An undigested article, catalogued 25 December 2018.

    I apologise in advance, even though I’m not even a little bit sorry for this drivel.

    On the first day of Fuck This, my “true love” gave to me…
    A shitpost on medium.com…

    On the second day of Fuck This, my “true love” gave to me…
    Two self-help books, and
    A shitpost on medium.com…

    On the third day of Fuck This, my “true love” gave to me…
    Three webshits,
    Two self-help books, and
    A shitpost on medium.com…

    On the fourth day of Fuck This, my “true love” gave to me…
    Four “journalists’,
    Three webshits,
    Two self-help books, and
    A shitpost on medium.com…

    On the fifth day of Fuck This, my “true love” gave to me…
    FIVE LONG WET FAAAARTS!
    Four “journalists”,
    Three webshits,
    Two self-help books, and
    A shitpost on medium.com…

    On the sixth day of Fuck This, my “true love” gave to me…
    Six One Weird Tricks,
    FIVE LONG WET FAAAARTS!
    Four “journalists”,
    Three webshits,
    Two self-help books, and
    A shitpost on medium.com…

    On the seventh day of Fuck This, my “true love” gave to me…
    Seven rich white assholes,
    Six One Weird Tricks,
    FIVE LONG WET FAAAARTS!
    Four “journalists”,
    Three webshits,
    Two self-help books, and
    A shitpost on medium.com…

    On the eighth day of Fuck This, my “true love” gave to me…
    Eight Member Exclusives,
    Seven rich white assholes,
    Six One Weird Tricks,
    FIVE LONG WET FAAAARTS!
    Four “journalists”,
    Three webshits,
    Two self-help books, and
    A shitpost on medium.com…

    On the ninth day of Fuck This, my “true love” gave to me…
    Nine ancap fuckwits,
    Eight Member Exclusives,
    Seven rich white assholes,
    Six One Weird Tricks,
    FIVE LONG WET FAAAARTS!
    Four “journalists”,
    Three webshits,
    Two self-help books, and
    A shitpost on medium.com…

    On the tenth day of Fuck This, my “true love” gave to me…
    Ten ROI writers,
    Nine ancap fuckwits,
    Eight Member Exclusives,
    Seven rich white assholes,
    Six One Weird Tricks,
    FIVE LONG WET FAAAARTS!
    Four “journalists”,
    Three webshits,
    Two self-help books, and
    A shitpost on medium.com…

    On the eleventh day of Fuck This, my “true love” gave to me…
    Eleven worthless thinkpieces,
    Ten ROI writers,
    Nine ancap fuckwits,
    Eight Member Exclusives,
    Seven rich white assholes,
    Six One Weird Tricks,
    FIVE LONG WET FAAAARTS!
    Four “journalists”,
    Three webshits,
    Two self-help books, and
    A shitpost on medium.com…

    On the twelth day of Fuck This, I purged my memory of this garbage in a glorious deluge of vodka.

    Happy holidays, folks. Be safe.


  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 22 December 2018.

    Simply JavaScript: a straightforward intro to Mocking, Stubbing, and Interfaces: A webshit shits webshit about shit that’s only necessary because JavaScript is a Superfund site of a language and environment.

    How this drawing changed me as a developer: A webshit shits webshit about the production of his webshit.

    JavaScript Essentials: Types & Data Structures: A webshit shits webshit about the peculiarities of data structures in JavaScript. You’d be better off learning a real language and looking for a tool that compiles code in that language into either JavaScript or WebAssembly.

    Understanding Design Patterns in JavaScript: A webshit shits webshit about common patterns in programming. This would be a decent tutorial if not for the part where it’s webshit all the way down.

    The Golden Age of the iPhone Is Ending: A journalist has a very US-centric view of the smartphone market. (Globally, Android has 80%+ of the smartphone market; only in the US is the iPhone competitive, and a lot of that has to do with boutique hardware being unaffordable in most of the world.)

    Recession-Proof Your Finances: A writer is about two weeks late to the party, given recent trends in the stock market. Then again, the ad tech industry (aka Dot-Com Bubble 2.0) is likely to pop in the next few years, so perhaps there’s still some time for people to take this advice to heart. Make yourself safe while you can.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    When Self-Help Just Makes Your Life Worse: A writer pens a much-needed reminder that you shouldn’t dive in to self-help booklets all at once. Instead, figure out where you’re lacking and look for tools that could help shore it up.

    Nintendo’s New Games Are Miserable for People With Disabilities: A developer notes that Nintendo’s track record for accessibility is pretty abysmal in recent years, what with the relentless focus on motion controls (see Pokémon Let’s Go for an egregious example; it’s nearly unplayable when docked if the player can’t flick their wrist, and requires the use of a single joycon in an unusual (for the Switch) configuration to play at all).

    Antitrust’s Most Wanted: A professor takes a look at ten (wannabe) monopolistic companies deserving antitrust investigations. I can’t disagree with any particular choice, but there are a few companies I feel deserve honourable mention (Oracle, for instance).

    How a Phone Glitch Sparked a Teenage Riot: A journalist looks back on a 36-year-old event in Sweden.

    How to Spot a Sketchy Spiritual Guru: A journalist looks at gurus and spiritual mentors, and how they can abuse a very human need for guidance.

    How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour: A turbo-nerd offers tips on securing your devices. Probably the most important tip, albeit one most turbo-nerds trying to help us plebes neglect to consider, is this: use computers as little as possible. If you absolutely do need to use a computer, use a PowerPC computer; OEM hardware from Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and other companies typically incorporates closed-source software which can do things without the user being able to prevent it. Only Raptor (so far) lacks this problem, since they produce hardware which is as open-source/libre as it is possible to make. One more thing: Tor isn’t as secure as most people think it is, even if you do adapt your behaviour to maximize its anonymizing faculties.


  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 15 December 2018.

    Understanding Asynchronous JavaScript: A webshit shits webshit about a feature common to most programming languages, and the introduction in this shitpost is pretty much guaranteed to be confusing to anyone new to asynchronous programming.

    Amazon’s Merciless Assault on Brands: Amazon is killing traditional brands! Amazon is killing brands! And it’s because people are using Alexa! Oh, wait. It’s specifically because Amazon’s doing the same shit every other retailer’s been doing: selling own-brand product for less than name-brand product.

    Two different, parenting shitposts claim that parenting is harder than it used to be. I’m not a parent, but there are more resources than ever before for acquiring parenting skills, directly at your fingertips. The specifics of the challenges parents face may have changed, but the generalities have not: love your kids through thick & thin, teach them good manners, support them through whatever problems they may have, and remember that they’re not extensions of yourselves. And don’t let people on the internet frighten you about parenting.

    The Hidden Struggle to Save the Coffee Industry From Disaster: A food journalist reports that a bunch of people who should know better have forgotten about hydroponics and vertical farming, about the only realistic avenue to sustainable mass-farming.

    Why CBD Oil Is My Sleep Aid of Choice: A stoner spins lies about their need for the devil’s lettuce. An ye harm none, do as ye will.

    Confessions of a Juul Junkie: A vaper writes about his habit. Please see an addiction counselor, this isn’t healthy in the least.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    This Secretive Chinese Mission Shows a Desperate Need for Environmental Agreements: A journalist reports on China’s perennial attempts to manipulate the weather.


  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 08 December 2018.

    Apologies for the delay; the end of the semester is right around the corner and I needed to decompress.

    How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization: A writer emits an excessively long, wet fart about a shitty Netflix sitcom. One sitcom on a media silo is hardly the end of the world, and it’s not even remotely the only instance of anti-intellectualism in television this year. You want to talk about anti-intellectualism? Look at antivaxxers. Look at denuclearization campaigners who don’t want any use of nuclear energy, not even non-weaponizable reactor designs which can’t be repurposed for producing nuclear weapons. Look at anti-GMO folks (we’ve been modifying genetics of our food sources for thousands of years; the only change in recent decades is that now we have far more precise tools for achieving our goals than putting mama and papa in the same pen and crossing our fingers). A shitty TV series in a silo ain’t shit.

    The 3 Keys to Becoming Irresistible: An ROI site writer tries to cash in on Medium and ends up just letting rip an excessively long, wet fart instead. There is literally nothing of value here.

    How I went from newbie to Software Engineer in 9 months while working full time: A webshit demonstrates that software engineering has a ridiculously low barrier to entry due to an excruciatingly high tolerance for poor quality control and lack of ability expectations that would be unacceptable in most other industries.

    How to Lead Your Family Like an Entrepreneur: A parent who spends far too much time thinking about business tries to explore parenting from a business perspective. Spend more time thinking about improving your work/life balance; family is not business, and you can’t put an ROI on time you spend with your family.

    Social Media Runs on Rage: A professor of con artistry marketing takes a look at the polarization endemic in social media. I really have to disagree with the good professor here, though; the polarization is driven by controversy, rather than by algorithms. Social media is too focused on driving engagement up, and the expression of outrageous ideas creates engagement in the worst way. The algorithms pick up on that, and reinforce it…but they have no concept of negativity or how reinforcing negative engagement actively harms discourse.

    A Decade After the iPhone, There’s Still No Good Smartphone for Kids: A professional shitposter makes the mistake of assuming smartphones are a thing kids actually need. As tempting as it is to give kids unfettered access to a personal data assistant disguised as a communications platform, the reality is that kids don’t need smartphones. Give them a feature phone, and give them a Nintendo Switch or 2DS. Utilize parental controls to disable any browsers they might offer. Give them a few hours of time a day on a real computer, supervised.

    Naked, Drunk, and Very Tired: A writer tries some ‘extreme’ creativity ‘hacks’. They work about as well as you’d expect. (Creativity is fostered by reading a lot of things and then synthesizing from them, not by doing stupid shit famous people of yesteryear did.)

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist: An engineer formerly of the advertising behemoth named after a behemoth of a number conflates gross abuse of applied psychology and technology.

    For Transgender People in the Caribbean, Stigma and Discrimination Can Be Lethal: A writer looks at how stochastic terrorism affects trans men & women in the Caribbean.

    Google Employees: Our Executives Engaged in Abuse. Don’t Let Kink and Polyamory Be Their Scapegoats.: An engineer discusses sexual assault & harassment committed by Google executives, and how Puritanical asswipes are trying to tie such abuse to alternative lifestyles in order to discredit others who follow those lifestyles.

    Bad Sex, Consent, and Other Reasons Behind the ‘Sex Recession’: A writer takes a look at potential causes for what The Atlantic called a ‘sex recession’. The writer points out that regressive social attitudes are probably more to blame, e.g. the rise of MRAs(Men’s Rights ‘Activists’), incels(‘involuntarily celibate’), redpillers, and other women-adverse groups. This is also the Age of Trump, and apparently part of that is that GOP interns in DC are having trouble finding a date. I wonder why…

    Sex Is Sex. But Money Is Money.: A former escort pens an autobiography.

    7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science: A marketer reminds us that, among other things, the five-day, 40-hour work week exists because it optimizes productivity, as discovered by Henry Ford and reinforced by scientists over and over since.


  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 01 December 2018.

    An introduction to Git merge and rebase: what they are, and how to use them: A developer explains two important git functions. The developer explains git rebase badly, however. rebase rewrites history, but the person issuing the command can assert how it is to be rewritten; you can merge commits, you can drop them, and you can even reword or reorder them.

    8 Timeless Skills to Learn Now in Under 8 Hours to Change your Life Forever: A chronic overachiever incorrects everyone about skill development, repeatedly. Very, very few people are able to pick any skills up in anywhere remotely resembling the time you seem to think they can, sir.

    Conditional JavaScript for Experts: A webshit shits webshit about conditional expressions, particularly the ternary operator. If you consider yourself a programmer and you didn’t know about this shit before you came across this shitpost, find a new line of work.

    NodeJS: In Three(ish) Minutes.: A webshit shits webshit about node.js, the leading example of why it’s bad to let web developers anywhere near the server.

    These 5 “clean code” tips will dramatically improve your productivity: A webshit with homonym problems tries to talk about clean code. Tip #4 is complete dogshit; don’t catch exceptions at all unless they’re relevant to the function’s purpose. Doing anything else summons the Old Ones, who are quite happy to make a home in your codebase. Seriously, don’t.

    A Brief History of Power Couples: A writer lets rip a long, wet fart about power couples, and claims that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are an example. Jared’s such a stupid little fuck that he cut and run the weekend before a set of indictments went down because he feared he’d be one of them, in the process branding himself a flight risk who should be detained before disclosure should he become the subject of one.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    Meet the Serial-Killer Whisperer: A journalist writes about a criminologist who studies missing-person cases and serial killers.

    Your Brain Is Wired to Suck the Joy Out of Good News: A journalist writes about the transitory nature of positive emotion and a strategy for prolonging the effects thereof.

    A Guide to Overcoming FOBO, the Fear of Better Options: A writer looks at the handling of choices, specifically the ‘all choices are of similar quality’ problem (and the related option overload).

    Full-stack developers, unicorns and other mythological beings: A webshit takes a look at full-stack developers, rightly concluding that they can’t exist now that software development seems to have become the world’s largest septic tank.

    If You’re Online, You’re Getting Scammed: A writer looks at some online scams. (Protip: Antivirus software is one of the ones not warned against here. Stick to Windows Defender.)

    Amazon’s Smart Doorbell Is Creepy as Hell: Speaking of online scams, don’t get tricked in to joining the massive corporate surveillance network. You must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer, the little death that brings total obliteration. You should face your fear, and permit it to pass over and through you. And, when it has gone past, you will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only you will remain. (These surveillance gimmicks rely on your fear to sell you on them.)

    The Battle for Amazon HQ2 Was a Con: A professor of con artistry marketing speaks truth to power about the not-actually-women-warriors megacorp-in-training’s secondary headquarters scam.

    A Brief History of the Power Suit: A professional shitposter with dreams of being the next e e cummings writes about the history of courtly dress.

    Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Apeshit’ Was a Subtle History Lesson in Race and Power: A historian takes a look at a music video and its commentary on white European culture.

    We Don’t Need More Coders: Oh, praise and glory unto thee, O writer willing to buck the trend of journalists supporting the tech industry’s relentless hunt for wage-slaves.


  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 24 November 2018.

    The Complete JavaScript Handbook: A webshit shits a massive webshit. If you really want to learn about JavaScript, find a book that covers ECMAScript 6 and doesn’t proselytize about node.js.

    What I learned about procrastination while scaling my startup to 4.2 million users: A webshit rips a long, wet fart about their capitalist webshit factory.

    10 Data Structure, Algorithms, and Programming Courses to Crack Any Coding Interview: A sentient cuppa joe reviews ten courses, nine of which are on Udemy. Instead of dealing with this shit, print out a set of basic programming challenges on to cardstock, throw the cards into a hat or whatever, and practice solving them on a whiteboard. The goal here is to model problem-solving, so focus on that.

    JavaScript Frameworks, Performance Comparison: A webshit shits webshit about webshit performance. Protip: none of this actually matters, just pick a framework that works for you, and try to avoid “does everything” frameworks.

    Why This Fashion CEO Wakes Up at 5:45 Every Morning: A writer talks to a rich person about their health habits. Yawn. Stop writing about rich people. Write about people who actually work for a living.

    How to Make Time for In-Between Sized Projects: A writer claims to have tips for moderately-sized projects. I have a much shorter tip: break down projects into manageable chunks, make a list of tasks, and then pick one at random (e.g. by rolling a 20-sided die). Keep going until you’re done, or roll over the tasks on to the next day’s todo list.

    John Green Is Ready To Love Everything He Loves: A pair of writers interview a writer about the writer’s taste in music.

    How Great Writing Begins: A rich asshole meta-writes. The key to great writing is…writing. Write a lot. Practice. Run your writing past other writers. Refine it. Absolutely don’t waste your time reading this shitpost, however.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    How to Design for the Modern Web: A developer waxes sarcastic about web design dark and anti-patterns.

    My Story as a Homeless Developer: A developer writes about their history as a homeless person.

    It’s Time for a Progressive Reading of the Constitution: A dean of a law school thinks leftists need to present their own reading of the Constitution, to counterbalance the right’s claim to originalism. I agree.

    How a Freed Slave Wrote the Playbook for People Power: A writer takes a look at a 19th-century socialist.

    Democrats Need to Get Comfortable With Power: A writer points out the blindingly obvious.

    The Case for a Low-Carb Diet Is Stronger Than Ever: A doctor looks at a new theory of obesity.


  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 16 November 2018.

    The 12 Things You Need to Consider When Evaluating Any New JavaScript Library: A webshit tries to stem the rising tide of webshit the only way they know how: by telling you how to select premium webshit. My advice? Write actual fucking software, not the fuckbillionth webapp.

    How wasting time at work (properly) increases productivity: A webshit feels the need to remind us that taking a break is important for productivity. Even more important: limiting yourself to 8 hours of work per day, not that the webshit mentions this.

    Two Years of Functional Programming in JavaScript: Lessons Learned: A webshit shits webshit about their experience forcing a desktop application into running inside your browser.

    Why I use NodeJS for basically everything I do.: A webshit justifies shitting webshit everywhere to the point of constantly breathing in the stink of webshit. Elixir can do all of these things and more.

    What Is Clean Code?: A developer reads a book. The problem with the review, and the book itself, is that management doesn’t give a shit.

    NodeJS as an… Operating System?: Oh my fucking god.

    Apple’s ‘Recycled’ Macs Aren’t What They Seem: A writer points out that Apple’s latest ‘green’ initiative is a publicity stunt. I would never have guessed that the company chiefly known for deliberately engineering their devices to be as difficult to repair as possible would be blowing smoke up consumers’ asses about their supposed environmental friendliness.

    The Power Struggle for Dungeons & Dragons’ Soul: A writer explores the consequences of a tabletop gaming company learning that computers are excellent tools for automating away the tedium of character management. The real issue, as usual, is intellectual property, a capitalist word meaning “I own this idea, pay me or get fucked”.

    Never Be Late Again: A self-help booklet offers tips on how to avoid being late. Long story short: plan the fuck ahead. Short story long: this shitpost.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    The Books That Saved My Life in Prison: A former inmate reflects on the power of books to help one shape one’s future.

    The Queer Movement Changing Hearts on Christian Campuses: A writer explores the rise of LGBTQ+/SAGA on conservative college campuses.

    Vampires, Great Men of Letters, and Me: A writer explores her history with a Nobel Prize winner.

    Dylan​ Fontaine: Computer Enthusiast, Survivor: A writer interviews a teenager.

    ‘Wireless Charging’ Is a Scam — But That’s About to Change: A writer reminds us that inductive charging, contrary to its branding as ‘wireless’ charging, isn’t actually wireless in any particular way. Following this reminder, the writer examines ‘true’ wireless power.

    How to Know When It’s Time to Show People Your Creative Work: A writer points out that sitting on ideas until they hatch is a good way to be mediocre.

    The Bad Apple Theory: A writer explores the unfortunate human nature of needing to blame someone for misfortune.

    Stop Trying to Flip Female Trump Supporters: A writer has a request. Please don’t try to cater to white women. They are more than willing to throw other women under the bus if it means they (white women, that is) get personal comfort & safety out of it.


  • Medium articles neither rare nor well-done for the week ending 10 November 2018.

    How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You: A self-help booklet passes a long, wet fart about making your iOS device your bitch. Unfortunately, the advice given includes handing over your data to Google because they are somehow more trustworthy than Apple, as well as being extremely prescriptivist.

    The Deadly Gamble on Super A.I.: A writer looks at so-called artificial intelligence. We can’t even write algorithms that aren’t guaranteed non-discriminatory, and often there’s no feedback loop to improve the algorithms we do use. I argue, therefore, that we shouldn’t be employing it for life-or-death scenarios without extensive testing.

    Deterrence — and the Undeterrable: The writer from the above article assumes that technology is responsible for the rise of mass shootings. It’s not technology at fault here, but rather capitalism. Consider that the largest single factor among mass shooters is that they have a history of domestic violence, and that many of them are angry white men who issue death threats and harass people over social media. Consider, too, that Twitter has a long history of doing absolutely nothing about harassment and abuse which occurs on the platform. So, no. It’s not technology, it’s a lack of social responsibility among tech companies.

    Why Do All Websites Look the Same?: A professor who should know better complains about the cookie-cutter nature of template-based design. Websites should be focused on interactivity and accessibility above all else; uniqueness tends to create bad user experiences, especially for non-visual users.

    The End Is Near for Mobile Apps: A writer engages in wishful thinking. Mobile apps aren’t going to go away for the simple reason that companies are just creating containers around webapps, which takes away some of the problems the writer lists. More than that, the consolidation that is occurring isn’t going to make apps go away either, for much the same reason that iOS and Android coëxist in the US.

    Rare articles which are well-done.

    Relax, Ladies. Don’t Be So Uptight. You Know You Want It: A self-styled ‘town prude’ writes about the 80s, when men were men, boys wanted to be men, and women and girls had no agency. This whole article is a frank discussion of toxic masculinity and generational attitude absorption.

    A Software Engineering survival guide: A webshit has career advice for the fresh-out-of-college crowd, namely interview tips, survival as a techno-drone insect in the gaping maw of open-plan offices, and self-improvement. I was prepared to wax sarcastic, but this shitpost is remarkably clean-smelling.

    Top 12 Things That Destroy Developer Productivity: A webshit pens a listicle. There is, astonishingly, nothing to critique. I am nonplussed.

    Why Women Leave: A well-known actress posts her acceptance speech.

    Saying Goodbye to the Tomboy: A writer examines the tomboy stereotype, and the underlying racialized nature of the stereotype.

    Can You Be Queer and Christian?: A journalist asks a stupid question, for which the answer is “yes, absolutely”, unless the person answering it is a moron who accepts the word of close-minded assholes who cherry-pick from the Bible to fit their prejudices. As an aside, the story of Sodom & Gomorrah appears in a heterosexual form in Judges 19; the lesson is supposed to be that rape and inhospitality are wrong, not that homosexuality is. In fact, Jesus Himself never spoke about homosexuality, and why would he? It was acceptable practice at the time. Note: Despite my commentary, this article is well worth reading.

    Toward a Better Future for Transgender Health Care: A writer explores transgender healthcare, which is incredibly fascinating and I hope the techniques being explored pan out and become available for those who seek gender-affirming surgery.

    AIDS and Ghosts: A professor of con artistry marketing takes a look at America’s response to the AIDS epidemic.



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